Posted on September 11, 2009
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Adrian Sutil kept up Force India’s excellent form from Spa with fastest time in free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. The German was on the pace throughout the day and set the fastest time at the end of the second session using the soft Bridgestone tyres. The Force India took a big step forward at Valencia but has really come into its own on the low downforce circuits. Meanwhile his former team mate, Giancarlo Fisichella, found himself in the Luca Badoer slot, 20th position on his first day as a Ferrari driver, albeit with far more prospect of eventual More…

Posted on September 10, 2009
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FIA presidential hopeful Jean Todt is underlining his road safety credentials, ahead of the election next month. Todt has a strong motor sports background and is pushing hard on the saving lives aspect of the FIA. His partner, Michelle Yeoh is an FIA ambassador for Make Roads Safe. Yesterday at Vallelunga, Italy he hosted an event which highlighted technologies from the eSafety campaign of which he is president. He roped in some very big names from the world of F1, including Michael Schumacher, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica, Timo Glock and Giancarlo Fisichella. The eSafety Challenge is an event co-funded by More…

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Posted on September 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 254

Fernando Alonso spoke today at his usual Thursday afternoon press briefing about the investigation into the events of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which he won thanks to a safety car triggered by his team mate Nelson Piquet’s accident. “I’m very surprised. I cannot imagine this situation, so as I said, I’m surprised, and it’s time to think in another job, in Monza and the next grand prix because I’m not spending any more time on this.” He added: “I will not comment too much about this, as the team said we will not comment. For me it’s not even More…

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Posted on September 10, 2009
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Giancarlo Fischella spoke to the Italian media the other day ahead of his Ferrari debut at Monza this weekend. It’s been a great week for the 36 year old Roman, who will become the first Italian to race a Ferrari at Monza for almost 20 years on Sunday. He said that of the current drivers only fellow veteran Rubens Barrichello rang him when the drive was announced, saying “Us old guys will be around forever!” He also revealed that he had called Felipe Massa from Stefano Domenicali’s office. Massa wished him well and Fisi told him, “The car is yours More…

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Posted on September 9, 2009
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Autosport is carrying a story this evening with some amazing revelations about a meeting which took place between Renault’s Flavio Briatore, Pat Symonds and Nelson Piquet Jr at Singapore last year. Renault stand accused of deliberately causing Piquet to crash, just after Alonso’s early first pit stop, in order to give Alonso the chance to win the race, as the rest of the field would pit under the ensuing safety car. The first ever night race, the Singapore Grand Prix was sponsored by Renault’s title sponsor, ING, making it a perfect day for them. Autosport’s Jon Noble quotes ‘sources’, in More…

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Posted on September 9, 2009
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Williams and Force India have been welcomed back into the Formula One Teams Association, having been asked to leave over the summer when they broke ranks and signed up to the F1 championship, rather than follow the breakaway movement. With the resolution of that conflict in late July, it was always expected that the two would be readmitted at some point, but at a FOTA meeting in Monza today they came in from the cold. This weekend marks the first anniversary of the key moment when FOTA was formed and I remember the atmosphere in the paddock as the team More…

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Posted on September 8, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 254

Also in today’s Guardian interview with Felipe Massa is an interesting section where he talks about the championship battle and the recent, alarming decline in the form of Jenson Button. According to Massa, who fought Lewis Hamilton for last year’s world championship, Button is buckling under the pressure as the end of the championship comes into view and this offers Massa’s friend and fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello the chance to win the title, “Look at me, ” says Massa. “I came to Brazil six points behind [Hamilton], and I almost won the championship. That was one race. Rubens has five More…

Posted on September 8, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 254

Felipe Massa has spoken at length to the Guardian newspaper today, in a terrific interview with Donald McRae. You can listen to the whole interview on the Guardian website. The gist of it is that he feels that everything in life is pre-ordained, including his accident. This was something he had to come through, to serve some higher purpose, but he hasn’t worked out what that purpose might be yet. He is lucky to be alive, not to be blinded or brain-damaged by the 700 gramme alloy spring which fell off Rubens Barrichello’s car in Budapest and bounced into his More…

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Posted on September 7, 2009
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I must admit when I saw the story in the Telegraph this morning suggesting that Mercedes might be buying into the Brawn team I wasn’t sure. On the face of it, why would they need to do that, when they already have a 40% stake in McLaren? It seems all the more intriguing that they should be doing this at a time when other manufacturers like Honda and now BMW are pulling out and Toyota are dramatically reducing their spend on the sport. Who knows what Renault’s next move will be after the judgement is made on the Singapore race-fixing More…

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Posted on September 7, 2009
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A rather crestfallen Luca Badoer has blamed the media for causing him to lose his Ferrari drive at Monza this weekend. Badoer was parachuted into the drive after first Felipe Massa was injured in Budapest and then Michael Schumacher, the first choice replacement, failed medical tests on a neck injury. Not having driven in a Grand Prix for 10 years and with no miles under his belt in the car this year, Badoer inevitably struggled, finding himself last of the qualifiers and of the finishers in both the European and Belgian Grands Prix. He had convinced himself that he would More…

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